Almaty – the first smoke-free city in the post Soviet region

WHO smoke-free city case study

Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 18
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English



In March 2005, following a high profile and effective media and advocacy campaign, the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan adopted a tobacco control programme and invested resources in it. It was the first, and up to the present time remains the only, example of a financially supported, long-term, city tobacco control initiative in Kazakhstan and in the whole of the former Soviet region. This case study examines how Almaty’s Smoke-Free Programme secured political support and how it has been implemented. It discusses the impact of the programme and the lessons that can be learnt from its experience.